With just days—mere days—to go until Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding, more big-day details are beginning to pour out of Kensington Palace. We now know that Meghan will be walking down the aisle on the arm of her father, that following their I dos at St. George's Chapel, the newlyweds will ride through the streets in an Ascot Landau carriage, and that Meghan, Harry, and their lucky guests will dine on a lemon elderflower wedding cake at the reception. One major detail that's still under lock-and-key? Meghan Markle's wedding dress!
While rumors are circulating of the chosen dress designer, nothing is for certain and it seems like royal fans will be left in the dark until the big moment when Meghan heads into St. George's on May 19. Will she go for a princess ball gown? Or perhaps she's talked the Queen into letting her rock a more modern silhouette? It won't be long now until we finally find out! But in the interim, we’ve recruited our favorite wedding-dress designers and asked them to create a sketch of the wedding dress they think Meghan should wear for her walk down the aisle.
Here’s what Hayley Paige, Ines Di Santo, Justin Alexander, and more have to say. According to Casablanca, this bride-to-be should opt for a feminine illusion neckline. Meanwhile, Theia envisions long sleeves and an ultra-high neckline for Meghan. Luisa Beccaria sees her in a style similar to a lovely tulle embroidered gown from her Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Do you think Prince Harry’s betrothed will end up wearing something similar to these wedding dresses come May 19? We will soon see!
“The slim A-line silhouette speaks to both tradition and modernity, and the illusion neckline and illusion slit will add elements of feminine seduction and detail that are still tasteful when representing the royal family. Meghan’s style indicates she is not afraid of showing off her arms, so we think this would be a gorgeously flattering option for her!”
Morilee by Madeline Gardner
“For the modern princess, Ms. Meghan Markle, I’ve designed a classic ball gown with a removable overskirt and lengthy train, as an ode to Princess Diana. Modern embroidery mixed with vintage lace, as well as an illusion neckline and sleeves, keeps the design traditional yet contemporary. Meghan is a true inspiration with a beauty that radiates from within. I’m delighted for her and excited for the next royal wedding!”
Ines Di Santo
“I tried to create something that was elegant and not revealing, yet with subtle details to emphasize the female body and celebrate femininity—elegance for a young, sophisticated royal bride.”
David's Bridal, White by Vera Wang
“I think Meghan will wear a gown that is classic yet sensual and stylish with a modern highlight. I have sketched a gown in a beautiful silk zibeline that has a wonderful structure and soft sheen to the finish. The skirt is styled flat into the waist, which will sculpt and show Megan’s slim waistline. It then flows out to a full skirt mounted so it holds its shape. The bodice is a boat neck with long lace sleeves in a French Chantilly lace and follows through to a low V-back in sheer Chantilly lace with the gleam of her skin tone showing through. I think this gown would be showstopping. It would be a nod to tradition, which would be expected and required from the royal household, but would also show her personal sense of style.”
Oleg Cassini for David's Bridal
Having designed a dress for Miss Markle in the past, French designer Rime Arodaky kept Meghan’s love of ‘whimsical and subtly romantic dresses’ in mind when sketching a design for the future princess. Of the sketch, Arodaky says, “Her style is very sleek, a lot of twisted bandeau, clean cuts, and knee-length hems, so I imagined Meghan's added freshness to the royal wedding dress.”
Eve of Milady
“A gorgeous ethereal confection of antique English bobbin lace and silk gazar adds drama, elegance, and an air of classic tradition—all guaranteed to inspire the swoon factor.” —Paulette Cleghorn, creative director of Yumi Katsura Couture
Galina Signature for David's Bridal
Sachin & Babi
Essense of Australia
“Essense of Australia suggests a traditional ball gown with a modern twist for Meghan’s big day. Simple lines and rich details elevate this modified A-line silk zibeline gown to the royal standard. Three-dimensional floral lace appliqués and beading along the hemline add a touch of modernity and sparkle in keeping with the bride’s personal style. Paired with a cathedral-length veil, this gown is ready to make a grand entrance.”
House of Wu
Adrianna Papell Platinum
“Structured yet feminine, the details of this wedding gown reflect Meghan Markle's personal style as well as the palace's influences. This custom wedding dress features classic elements like crystal beading and embroidered floral appliqués, alongside more contemporary details like a stretch crepe skirt and detachable silk cummerbund—the perfect blend for modern royalty.”
Melissa Sweet for David's Bridal
“I’d like to see her in a tulle embroidered gown with a huge veil in embroidered tulle similar to this dress.”